A mum led a double life after tying the knot with her lover and having his child while she was still married.
Brinda Kantamanen managed to keep her relationship with Matthew Hall and her pregnancy secret from husband of 18 years, Ravi.
The 42-year-old has now been warned she could be jailed after she admitted bigamy at a court appearance – as magistrates said all sentencing options are open to them.
Computer consultant Brinda falsified part of her name when she tied the knot with Matthew, 45, at her local town hall.
Prosecutor Ravinder Chodha today told the court how the couple lived just three minutes from each other’s homes.
She said: “The complainant [Ravi] confronted the defendant about the marriage. She accepted that she had in fact married him and that they had a child together.
“The child was born while she was still married to the complainant.
“She had hidden that pregnancy from the complainant during the course of their marriage.”
Ravi and Brinda married in May 1999 in North Carolina and took part in a more traditional Indian ceremony later that year. They went on to have two children.
The couple then moved to live in London where Ravi works as a director for an international consultancy firm.
But by 2017 cracks had begun to appear in their marriage.
Ravi told how he started having suspicions as his wife was away often.
In a statement read out to the court, Ravi said: “Through our marriage up to 2017 whenever I confronted her about her time away from home, she either turned on the charm and became affectionate or threatened suicide.”
Ravi discovered in December 2017 Brinda had married Matthew two months earlier.
The ceremony took place at Ealing Town Hall in West London, which is just a short walk from the Kantamanen family home.
Ms Chodha told Uxbridge magistrates Brinda had entered an “incorrect” name for her father on the marriage certificate.
Brinda admitted bigamy at a court hearing last month. A magistrate told her at the time: “The court is likely to need to consider custody.”
It was said the aggravating features of the case were that she had a child and hid the pregnancy.
The maximum sentence for bigamy is seven years in jail.
Ravi said discovering the affair, marriage and lovechild left him “sad and distraught”. He added: “I find it difficult to trust anyone.
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“My parents loved the defendant and treated her like a daughter, her actions have left them distraught and worried.”
Regarding Matthew he added: “I discovered that he has lived for several years within a three-minute walk from our house.”
Brinda runs her own computing consultancy firm.
Her marriage to Ravi was formally dissolved in 2019.
Matthew refused to comment on the case when approached by the Mirror.
He said only: “We’re bound under what’s going on in the court.”
Ravi has also declined to comment.
Brinda, who now lives in Guildford, Surrey, will be sentenced on Wednesday May 28.